Object lesson - The song of Zechariah: I can't see anything!

A simple but effective introduction to the theme of light and darkness in the Bible story of Zechariah and the birth of John the Baptist.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the song of Zechariah as part of our series for advent and Christmas.

Kopie van Bouw een MUUR 16

What do you need:

- a blindfold
- a working torch

What do you do:

Log in or become a member to access this idea

Object lesson - The song of Zechariah: A barn filled with light

An evocative story that will speak to the children's imagination

Zechariah sings in his song about the light of God that shines on everyone who lives in the dark, the light that will show us the way to peace.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the song of Zechariah as part of our series for advent and Christmas.

Kopie van Bouw een MUUR 11

What do you need:

- some hay
- some kernels of corn
- a torch or a candle

What do you do:

Log in or become a member to access this idea

Object lesson - The song of Zechariah: Sign language

Zechariah cannot speak for more than nine months. But how is he supposed to make it clear what he means?

Perhaps he used some kind of sign language. Does anyone know anything about sign language? 

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the song of Zechariah as part of our series for advent and Christmas.

Kopie van Bouw een MUUR 12 

Preparation:

Look for someone in the church or congregation who can teach the children some sign language.

What do you do:

Log in or become a member to access this idea

Object lesson/game - The song of Zechariah: I'll just write it down

This interactive group activity will get the children thinking!

Zechariah cannot tell us that he wants his son to be called John. That is why he writes it down. At that very moment he can speak again. But how difficult it must have been for him to talk with sign language and using writing for nine months.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the song of Zechariah as part of our series for advent and Christmas.

Kopie van Bouw een MUUR 13 

What do you need:

- a piece of A5 cardboard and a pen for each child

What do you do:

Log in or become a member to access this idea

Icebreaker - The song of Zechariah: Can you feel light and dark?

A thought provoking icebreaker to introduce the story of Zechariah 

We're going to discover something today - can you feel dark and light?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the song of Zechariah as part of our series for advent and Christmas.

Kopie van Bouw een MUUR 8 


What do you need:

- a non-transparent bag
- two identical objects, one light coloured and the other dark (white and black) – such as two marbles or two pieces of card, or anything that you can find.

What do you do:

Log in or become a member to access this idea

Sunday school lesson - NT - Christmas 4: The song of Zechariah

This is part 4 of our series of complete Sunday school lessons for advent and Christmas Day.

First advent Sunday– Zechariah meets the angel Gabriel who tells him that he and his wife Elisabeth are going to have a child, John.
Second advent Sunday – Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel who tells her that she will become pregnant and bear a child, who will be called the Son of God.
Third advent Sunday – Mary goes to visit Elisabeth.
Fourth advent Sunday – The birth of John the Baptist and the song of Zechariah.
Christmas Day – The birth of Jesus

Voorkant 5 1 

The Sunday school lesson consists of the following ideas: 

I can't see anything! - a children's moment
Can you feel dark and light? - an icebreaker
Watch the video ‘Indice 50’ - YouTube video and discussion
The rainbow in the milk - a fun science experiment
A barn filled with light - a creative activity
I’ll just write it down - a creative activity
Sign language - a creative activity
Paving the way - a Bible game
How can I not forget? - a Bible game
Prayer decorations for the tree - a crafts and creative prayer idea

Download the PDF booklet with all these ideas:

We have created an illustrated PDF booklet containing these creative ideas. Using this PDF booklet you can print all these ideas at home at your leisure: see below.

Log in or become a member to access this idea

Crafts/prayer idea - The song of Zechariah: Make prayer decorations for the tree

Today we are going to pray for love, forgiveness, salvation, God's help and peace. But in order to do this, we have to make something first.

Zechariah sings such beautiful things about God in his song. He sings about love, about forgiveness, about salvation, about God's help, about peace.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the song of Zechariah as part of our series for advent and Christmas.

 Kopie van Bouw een MUUR 16

What do you need?

- Christmas tree
- coloured cardboard
- scissors
- hole punch
- ribbons
- pencil
- printed worksheet. You can download the worksheet here: Worksheet_dove_and_star.pdf

What do you do?

Log in or become a member to access this idea

Game - The song of Zechariah: Paving the way

Zacharias sings in his song; "His son John is going to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord".

Prepare the way?! - What does that mean?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the song of Zechariah as part of our series for advent and Christmas.

Kopie van Bouw een MUUR 14

What do you do: 

Log in or become a member to access this idea

Game - The song of Zechariah: How can I not forget?

Zechariah says in his song that God has not forgotten his sacred promise to Abraham.

He promises them that he will save the people from their enemies. He will make sure this promise comes true, because God never forgets anything.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the song of Zechariah as part of our series for advent and Christmas.

 Kopie van Bouw een MUUR 15

What do you need: 

- fifteen different objects
- shopping bag with ten different messages
- a shopping list with the ten different groceries in your bag

What do you do: 

Log in or become a member to access this idea

Experiment - The song of Zechariah: A rainbow in the milk

The rainbow is a symbol of hope. Today we are going to make a rainbow.

Zechariah is full of hope. The little baby John in his arms is preparing the way for the heavenly light, for Jesus. People will discover that they can be saved. God has not forgotten his promise. Jesus will show us the way to peace.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the song of Zechariah as part of our series for advent and Christmas.


Kopie van Bouw een MUUR 10 

What do you need:

- plates
- milk
- different colours of liquid food colouring
- washing up liquid
- cotton buds
- cups

What do you do:

Log in or become a member to access this idea

YouTube video - The song of Zechariah: Indice 50

Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion with the children about the Bible story of the song of Zechariah

A family goes to the beach for a peaceful day out. But that is soon disturbed by a mosquito that has other plans for them. It is going to be quite a fight before the mosquito is defeated. But then that dead mosquito falls in the father's picnic. They still can’t enjoy a peaceful day on the beach!

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the song of Zechariah as part of our series for advent and Christmas.

Kopie van Bouw een MUUR 9

How does this film apply to today's Bible story?

Zacharias sings in his song about Jesus as Light of the world. He sings that his light will show us the way to peace. But what is peace? Is it being able to enjoy an undisturbed picnic on the beach after the mosquito has been defeated? What peace does Jesus want to show us?

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?
If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps: 

Log in or become a member to access this idea

Game - Jesus is born: A multiple choice Christmas quiz

A fun quiz to help the children think about Christmas and its meaning

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the birth of Jesus.

 Kopie van Bouw een MUUR 11

What do you need: 

- a list of questions, with four multiple choice answers per question
- four pieces of card with the numbers 1 to 4 on them for each team

What do you do: 

Log in or become a member to access this idea